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Feb. 12 sports update: Oregon's Teare sets mile record; PSU hoops win; Ducks, Beavers win softball openers.

Tyler ShoughTyler Shough leaving Oregon — Tyler Shough, the starting quarterback for the Ducks in 2020, announced on social media Friday, Feb. 12, that he is entering the transfer portal.

The news is not a huge surprise. The return of senior Anthony Brown, who split time with Shough in the Fiesta Bowl, and the arrival of five-star recruit Ty Thompson, who already is on campus, means the battle for the starting job should be intense.

Shough already has graduated with two degrees and has three years of eligibility remaining. With Thompson in Eugene, there was little or no chance Shough would start for three more seasons at Oregon.

Remember, quarterback is the only position where only one guy usually plays. And college careers pass quickly, so it's understandable that Shough wants to try something different.

Teare breaks mile record — Oregon senior Cooper Teare set a new collegiate record for the mile at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Arkansas. His time of 3:50.39 is the seventh fastest indoor mile in history. Oregon sophomore Cole Hocker also broke the collegiate record with his second-place time of 3:50.55, bettering the record of 3:52.01 set by former Duck Edward Cheserek in 2017.

College men's basketball — Khalid Thomas scored 25 points as Portland State beat visiting Simpson 99-66 in nonconference play.

PSU (6-9) outscored Simpson, a NAIA school from Redding, California, 33-9 over the final 11 minutes of the game.

Kyle Greeley had 16 points and 10 rebounds and Jaden Nielsen-Skinner 11 assists.

This game was scheduled after Northern Arizona canceled scheduled Big Sky Conference games against Portland State this weekend.

College softball — Oregon and Oregon State both opened the season with a pair of wins Feb. 12.

At Phoenix, Arizona, 10th-ranked Oregon beat Weber State 9-0 and Montana 8-0. Allee Bunker had a double, triple and five RBIs in the opener against Weber State. Against Montana, Haley Cruse was 3 for 3 with three doubles, three runs and two RBI and pitchers Samaria Diaz and Raegan Diaz combined on the fourth perfect game in program history by getting out all 15 Montana batters.

At Fullerton, California, Oregon State beat Utah State 6-1 and Cal Fullerton 5-4 with two seventh-inning runs. Pitchers Trystan Melancon and Mariah Mazon combined for 19 strikeouts over two games.

College volleyball — Oregon swept visiting Arizona behind 14 kills and 16 digs from Brooke Nuneviller, the fourth win in a row for the Ducks (5-2).

WHL COVID testing — The Western Hockey League announced that in the first week of testing Central Division players and staff in the lead-up to starting hockey activities, there were no positives among 245 tests. The Central Division teams are slated to start playing games Feb. 26.

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